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The EduMais Volunteer Family

EduMais would be nothing without the wonderful volunteers willing to give their all!

Our volunteer team is passionate about guiding and teaching underprivileged children and teenagers.

They are selected based on their beliefs, strengths, experience, and educational skills.

The volunteer team is trained in Positive Discipline by the EduMais founder, Diana Nijboer (Certified Positive Discipline Classroom and Parents Educator).

They create a loving and safe place for the children to explore, experiment and learn while feeling connected and valued.

Educating is an act of love. Volunteering is an act of love.

EduMais volunteers at a fundraiser and social for Anna Bowman's IronMan 70.3 at Mãe Joana bar, Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro

The current volunteer team

The people taking EduMais forward

Roles: Community English teacher and coordinator.

Motive: “Education is key to a better future and it’s nice to give something back to society by volunteering.”

Nikola Grace

British

Roles: English and Entrepreneurship teacher.


Motive: “I think Daan and Zac are the best website developers in the world. Thank you guys!”

Anna

New Zealand

Roles: English, After-school, and Summer Camp teacher.


Motive: “There is simply no reason not to do it.”

Ed

British

Roles: Office support, English classroom management, and Enter the Labour Market teacher.

Motive: “I think Daan and Zac are the best website developers in the world. Thank you guys!”

Karin

German

Roles: After-school teacher and fundraising coordinator for the Americas.

Motive: “Volunteering is a way to give back to the city of Rio de Janeiro and to better the health, safety, and future of the community here in Cantagalo.”

Hannah

American

Role: Web and Game Design teacher.

Motive: “It’s incredible how much you learn from kids.”

Felipe

Brazilian

Roles: Office support (especially communication and management), new website designer and English teacher.

Motive: “I have been very fortunate with my educational opportunities and want to give something back to those less privileged.”

Zac

British

Roles: English and Extracurricular English teacher, new website designer and management/marketing advice.

Motive: “Education is the key to progress. Educated people can make better decisions and can better deal with life’s challenges.”

Daan

Dutch

Roles: Extracurricular English and Summer Camp teacher.

Motive: “It is my belief that every child, regardless of background and status, should be provided with the best education and opportunity.”

Rebeka

Canadian

Roles: Entrepreneurship teacher, marketing advice

Motive: “Education expands your vision. And the more you envision, the more you can reach.”

Roberto

Brazil

Roles: English teacher and redesigning the English curriculum.

Motive: “Volunteering at EduMais gives me the platform to help make a tangible difference in the lives of underprivileged children.”

Melina

South African

Roles: English and After-school teacher.

Motive: “I want to make the world a better place and give others the opportunities I was given for granted.”

Carmen

Spanish

Roles: Office support (especially marketing), After-school and Summer Camp teacher

Motive: “When living in Brazil and especially in Rio, you understand that a little help can mean a big difference in kids’ future life.”

Audrey

French

Roles: English and Summer Camp teacher, recruitment and onboarding of volunteers.

Motive: “Education is fundamental. Just adding a small contribution to these underprivileged children’s lives is very fulfilling.”

Coen

Dutch

Roles: English teacher, After-school, and Summer Camp teacher.

Motive: “I believe that education is key.”

Loes

Dutch

Roles: English and Summer Camp teacher, social media

Motive: “A good education has given me so many opportunities and working at EduMais gives me the chance to share that privilege with those less fortunate than myself.”

Lola

British

Role: English teacher.

Motive: “Education doesn’t transform the world. Education changes people. People transform the world.” (Paulo Freire quote)

Alexa

American

Role: After-school teacher, office support intern working on a research assignment.

Motive: “I really support the mission and vision of EduMais and I would like to contribute to the growth of the organization.”

Cisko

Dutch

Roles: English teacher

Motive: “Young people are the future (and our most important investment). The more educated people are, the more opportunities they can create for themselves, which not only benefits the individual, but also the collective”

Mel

Australian

Former Volunteers

The people that helped make EduMais what it is today

These people gave their love, dedication, time and knowledge to our kids.

We are forever grateful to them for spending such an important period of their lives volunteering with us!

Volunteered from March – December 2016 with us. She had a vivid way to encourage and engage with students who didn’t believe they were capable of speaking English.

Yui

Australian

English teacher, September – December 2016. Taught 4th and 5th grades and 1st year of High School. Built English curriculum for 2nd year High School in January and February 2017.

Kim

American

Office support volunteer, September 2016 – January 2017. Responsible for social media and assisted the team with the first Web Design course.

Marianne

Austrian

She worked online from Vienna.
She loved to contribute to our social media and communication.

Bettina

Austrian

Holds a degree in tourism and communication. Supported EduMais with social media.

Estee

Dutch

Volunteered from September 2016 – May 2017 as an English teacher in the community classes. Loved to include art in her lessons.

Janelle

American

Volunteered as a Web Design teacher. Learned to code by herself and now runs her own company in Web Design.

Paula

Brazilian

Volunteered from March 2016 – January 2017. Loved to challenge our English students by putting them into role plays.

Bridget

Australian

Volunteered July 2017. He taught English and the kids loved him.

Bruck

German

Lives in Paris where he teaches English. Volunteered from January – June 2017. At EduMais, he taught English to all the age groups.

Dominic

British

Volunteered from April – July 2017. Language student who was passionate about teaching our children English, as well as social and life skills.

Elsie

British

Volunteered from April – August 2017. Passionate about the After-School Program and the impact that the teaching of social and life skills has on the children.

Hannah

Dutch

Volunteered in 2017. Sponsorship and PR. Former Procter & Gamble Manager and Business Graduate. Passionate about learning, sharing and helping.

Natalia

Polish

Volunteered from April – July 2017. For Nia, volunteering with EduMais was an opportunity to “love the children, help them, and give all the knowledge that I have to empower their talents.”

Nia

American

Volunteered in July 2017 with us. He brought great energy to our After-school Program, which had a major impact on the boys.

Andre

Brazilian

Passionate about communication, especially storytelling. Volunteered for one year with us.

Rachel

British

Volunteered almost a year. Passionate about social and emotional learning for children. Helped with Web Design courses and supported the Positive Discipline Workshops.

Matylde

Polish

Volunteered in August and September 2017. Assisted in English classes, website support, and with video and photography classes.

Emma

Britsh – French

Assisted with the After-school Program for 3 months. For him, volunteering with EduMais was “a rewarding challenge, i.e paving the way of these lovely kids towards a better future.”

Florian

Italian

Volunteered from April-December 2017 in office support. After many years in the corporate world, she was glad to get fulfilment by seeing the direct impact around her.

Adrienne

American

Volunteering with EduMais, for Tim, was a chance to be a part of the community, learn from it through the youngest generations, and to contribute slightly to its future.

Tim

Dutch

Volunteered from August 2017 and taught English in our community classes.

Patty

Peru

With her extensive experience in social work in favela communities throughout Brazil, she was an effective educator on the After-school Program.

Laura

Brazilian

Volunteered from July 2017. Always in a good optimistic mood, she supported where she could: office support, classroom assistance, helping everything and everyone stay on track.

Demi

British

Volunteered as an intern with a focus on the After-school Program, English and office support.

Eva

British

Volunteered as an English Language Teacher.

Yana

American

Volunteered on our After-School Program and the boys adored him. He loved to work with our kids and challenged them.

Gabriele

Italian

Volunteered on the After-school Program.

Giulia

Italian

Volunteered as an English teacher to our students.

Sally

American

For Hanna, volunteering with us was “a wonderful opportunity to make a meaningful impact in the lives of underprivileged children and youth with love, attention and dedication.”

Hanna

Swedish

Volunteered as an English teacher.

Donal

Irish

Volunteered as a classroom assistant and fundraiser.

Hamish

Scottish

Volunteered as an English teacher and was extremely passionate about applying social and emotional learning to our students.

Eira

British

Volunteered as an assistant teacher and on our Education-Based Football Program. She impressed the kids by scoring a superb goal in the first training.

Pernille

Danish

Volunteered on our Education-Based Football Program.

Steven

British

Volunteered in office support, social media, as fundraise coordinator in the Netherlands, and much more!

Iris

Dutch

Volunteered in office support and translated our old website into Dutch and Brazilian Portuguese.

Sarah

Dutch

Volunteered in office support as an online marketing consultant.

Freimut-Johannes

German

Volunteered as an English teacher.

Colleen

American

Volunteered as an English teacher, as well as on the After-school and English Summer Camp Programs.

Mary Lou

Dutch

A former professional soccer player, Mads volunteered on our Education-Based Football Program.

Mads

Danish

He was a teacher on our English and Community English programs.

Dominic

American

Join the EduMais Family! Volunteer for free in Rio de Janeiro!

Are you passionate about the education of at-risk children and teenagers? Do you want to make a difference in the lives of disadvantaged young people by volunteering in the favelas?

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